Lockdown affects Vishu sales too; Rajasthani family selling Krishna idols looking for takers
Kanhangad (Kasaragod): When COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown hit the state unexpectedly, dreams of a Rajasthani family living in Aingoth here were shattered. Rajasthan Marwar native Ganeshan and wife Papi had prepared about 5000 idols of Lord Krishna in view of Vishu season and temple festivals in Kerala. But the COVID destroyed their hopes.
Ganeshan and family used to make idols of Ganapati, Saraswati, Lakshmi and Subramanian along with other items for home decorations for a living. The different sized idols of Krishna was made in plaster of Paris to sell during Vishu as it is an essential part of Vishukkani. But they could not even sell 100 idols so far.
They used 190 sacks of plaster of Paris worth Rs 1.5 lakh and paint worth Rs 60,000 to make the idols. Travel expense was about Rs 25,000 and labour charge also was spent. The price of idols range from Rs 80 to Rs 500. Medium-sized Krishna idols are in huge demand.
Last year, they had sold about 4000 Krishna idols in Vishu market and festival grounds. This time they made 5000 idols expecting more sales. They even brought five helpers from their place and made all the idols within three months. As the sales stopped, they have kept the idols covered in paper inside a temporary shelter.
The lockdown was imposed when the family was starting sales at Thrichambaram temple festival. They took 1200 idols to the festival ground. By the time, lockdown was imposed and they struggled hard to take the idols safely back home. Ganeshan and family have been living in a rented house at Aingoth for the past 10 years.
Ganeshan had an accident an year ago and is still under treatment. They have already spent Rs 2.5 lakh for the treatment. The profit from the sales this year was their only hope to survive. But the COVID lockdown turned everything upside down. Their only relief is the assistance provided to migrant families in Kerala.